The Spidi STS-R gloves come in a variety of colors for women and men. They’re racy looking and the price seems reasonable for all the features they have. They are also very comfortable, well constructed and have technical features, but there’s something missing: a wrist retention strap. When I think of Spidi gear, the first thing that pops into my head is one-piece leather race suits.
Doing a little research on the Spidi website, the first thing that caught my eye was my name in big letters in the banner: DONNA. I was just wondering how they could possibly know it was me, when I realized I couldn’t read anything else on the page. It’s in Italian and Donna means woman in Italian. Clicking on the language setting for English, I found the assortment of sport, adventure touring, and cruiser gear. But gloves were how the company started and they’ve been making upscale motorcycle clothing and technical gear ever since.
I don’t own any other motorcycle gloves that fall into the “sport” category, so this was a first for me. With their hard knuckle protection and all the other extra material on the STS-R gloves, I expected they might feel uncomfortable, but they’re not. That’s because the body of the glove is made out of cow and sheep hide that is super-soft and pliable, so as soon as you put them on all of the protective features seem to disappear.
The liner is listed as a polyamide/nylon material and it feels very cushy and soft, adding to the comfort level. And the liner stays put when you take the gloves off. There is nothing I hate worse than trying to stuff the liner back into the fingers of a glove because it turned inside-out when you removed them.
On the bike, that soft leather curves effortlessly around the grips and I was able to ride for hours at a time in complete comfort.
Spidi states that the STS-R gloves are “a sports glove suitable for racing use”.
The gloves are constructed from cowhide and goat leather. The cowhide leather on top is 0.7 mm thick, while the goat leather palm is 0.6 mm thick.
The main knuckle protector is the “Powertech” type.
The three longest fingers are made with a “box” type of construction with a top “roof” and a bottom “floor”.
The sides meet in the middle on the fingertips with a center seam.
The little finger is made with three pieces of leather with the top and bottom pieces sewn together along the outside of the finger and the thumb has just two pieces with a single seam that goes up the outside, across the top and back down the inside.
The index finger has an extra pad over the middle knuckle covered with a perforated piece of leather with a tiny pillow of EVA foam cushioning material underneath.
It also has an extra piece of double stitched leather at the base of the finger that is also found on the middle finger.
Moving on to the middle and ring finger, both have pads over the first and middle joints covered with the same perforated leather.
These pads are attached with a single row of the tiniest stitches I’ve ever seen.
Next, the little finger has an extra piece of double-stitched leather on the outside that runs from an inch below the fingertip down to the wrist. This large piece of leather adds great protection to the vulnerable pinkie area.
And finally, the thumb has a triangular pad sown on over the proximal (base) joint.
So most all of the finger joints have some sort of extra protection, either extra layers of material or EVA foam pads.
All my gloves are a size medium (these are labeled as both medium and European size 8), so that’s what I ordered from Spidi.
The finger length is excellent; they don’t put any pressure on my fingertips when riding.
However, the STS-R gloves are a little wider through the palm area compared to my other gloves and this is even more apparent after wearing them for a few weeks.
So this translates into some extra space for my thumb and little finger.
The only time I notice this when I’m riding, however, is when I’m covering the brake. But when my hands are curled around the grips, this extra roominess inside the gloves disappears.
I thought about trying a smaller size but I didn’t want to sacrifice finger length, since this pair feels so comfortable when I’m on the bike.
Spidi STS-R glove colors.
Sizes, Colors and Price
The Spidi STS-R gloves come in four different colors for both men and women, although the color choices vary slightly.
For women, the STS-R gloves come in black with white accents as shown in this review; a white version with black accents that also has a small splash of pink and powder blue, a black, red and white version and a version with black, pink and white.
Men get basic all-black; red and black; the black and white shown in this review and black with Kawasaki green.
These gloves are pretty racy looking with the different color combinations and the Spidi logo splashed across them.
I felt faster just wearing them!
Sizes run from XS to XL in women’s sizes and M to 3XL in men’s sizes.
That’s a good range for both women’s and men’s gloves and they have a list price of $109.90, which is really quite inexpensive for all the features included.